Lets Jam!:
Keith Yoder

Intermediate Rhythm Guitar:
Steve Roy

Beginning Flatpicking Guitar:
Stash Wyslouch

Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar:
Greg Blake

Advanced Flatpicking Guitar:
Molly Tuttle

Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo:
Jason Romero

Advanced Bluegrass Banjo:
Jeff Scroggins

Beginning Clawhammer Banjo:
Billy Cardine

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo:
Allison De Groot

Advanced Bass:
Mark Schatz

Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle:
Ellie Hakanson

Advanced Bluegrass Fiddle:
John Mailander

Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle:
Isaac Callender

Advanced Old-Time Fiddle:
Bruce Molsky

Intermediate Mandolin:
Tristan Scroggins

Advanced Mandolin:
John Reischman

Lead & Harmony Singing:
Pharis Romero

Songwriting:
Chris Coole

Band Lab:
Anne Louise Genest

Lets Jam! with Keith Yoder

Lets Jam! This class is open to all instruments:  guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass, for the strong beginner and up.  This will be a perfect fit  if you know your way around your instrument, but don't have much experience playing with others.  So many folks practice all year long on their own at home, and just need time playing with others in a supportive environment. This is a great way to improve quickly. Keith is a multi-instrumentalist and fantastic teacher, and will have everyone on the same page in no time!

Keith Yoder is a talented instructor and musician with an unconventional approach to music education.  Self-taught, he first picked up a guitar in high school and has since added numerous other instruments to the inventory he plays.  He has played for 35 years (and counting!) and has taught full-time since 1994.  Keith teaches and equips students on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, resophonic guitar, bass, and drums.  An Iowa native, Keith loves time with his family, jamming with friends (old and new), watching documentaries on Netflix, eating the famed White Castle or Krystal burgers, and cheering for his sweet Minnesota Vikings.

Keith currently teaches private lessons in Knoxville, Tennessee and via the world wide web.  He has recorded several outstanding CDs and educational materials.  He has also taught at a vast array of camps including Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Camp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Merlefest Jam Camp, and Walker Creek Music Camp, and several years at NimbleFingers (Welcome back, Keith!).  Please view the full list of camps and events - Keith would love to meet you and pick some tunes!

Keith Yoder

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Intermediate Rhythm Guitar
 with Steve Roy

 

Intermediate Rhythm Guitar In this class we'll take our rhythm guitar playing to the next level by studying the intricacies of Bluegrass and Old-Time rhythm styles.  The art of  rhythm playing has been pioneered by a handful of masters whose styles have been copied, and improved, by the succeeding generations of guitar pickers. We will explore the styles of some of the legendary Bluegrass guitar players, such as Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, Tony Rice, Riley Puckett, and others. We will learn chord shapes used by these masters which give Bluegrass  and Old-Time each their distinctive sound.  We will also learn various bass lines for moving from chord to chord, as well as the all important "G run", and learn to use them to punctuate the form of a Bluegrass song or tune.  Tone, timing, technique, taste, and a host of other T's will be addressed, and we will definitely have plenty of fun and laughs along the way.

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Steve Roy is a multi-instrumentalist from the NH Seacoast. Known primarily as an upright bass player, he has performed and toured internationally with a myriad of bluegrass's top artists, including Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Darol Anger, Joy Kills Sorrow, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Hit and Run Bluegrass, Chris Stuart and Backcountry, Spring Creek Bluegrass, The Brakemen, and many more. He also leads the exploratory jazz group Jazzputin and the Jug Skunks, and performs around with New England with a wide variety of bands, including Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, The Stowaways, Grassputin, Steve and Dave Play Dead, High Range, Spinal Tarp, and many others. He is a faculty member at 317 Main St. Community Music Center in Yarmouth, ME and at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in Portsmouth, NH, teaching bass, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and ensembles. Steve has also been featured as an instructor at many of the top bluegrass and music camps (including many years at NimbleFingers!)  in the US and Canada. Just to add a wee bit of icing on the proverbial cake, Steve is also a professional archaeologist with field experience in the Northeast US and Central America. Dude!

 

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Beginning Flatpicking Guitar
with Stash Wyslouch
 

Beginning Flatpicking Guitar This class is and introduction to the basic concepts of flatpicking melodies on the guitar.  We'll focus on timing, tone and textures in fiddle tunes and folk (bluegrass/old time/roots) songs.  Concepts include bass runs on the guitar, producing tone with a pick, and opening up the fretboard to new options.  this class is intended for folks already comfortable playing rhythm guitar, who are looking to expand their vocabulary and voice on their instrument.  

 

Boston-based Stash Wyslouch (Pronounced Stash Why-Slouch) is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in the structures of roots music as a member of progressive bluegrass act, The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is currently a member of Old Time music trio Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (alongside Bruce Molsky and Allison DeGroot) and leads his own group of original music, The Stash! Band, which features Sean Trischka on Drums, Duncan Wickel on Fiddle and Noam Wiesenberg on Bass.

Stash has shared the stage with The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, The Yonder Mountain Stringband, Sarah Jaroz, Chris Thile,  Peter Rowan, Michael Daves,  Darol Anger, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, and performed at many well-known festival and venues including Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Old Settler's Music Festival, Big Sky Big Grass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and river City Roots

Welcome, Stash!

Stash Wyslouch
Molsky's Mountian Drifters

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Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar
with Greg Blake

In Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar we'll build on playing simple melodies and fiddle tunes by learning how to:

- incorporate slides, hammer-on's  and pull-offs
 - include simple 'cross-picking' patterns around basic chordal shapes
 - choose notes within the chordal scale as 'pick-up' and 'grace notes
 - utilize a handful of tasty 'riffs' and 'lics' as a foundation for improvising

Maybe we'll do some singing, too!

Greg Blake was born in southern West Virginia and, from there, acquired his love for bluegrass and mountain-flavored music. With many musical influences such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, the Louvin Bros., Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, J.D. Crowe, Greg began playing and singing at age seven.
While in Kansas City, Greg joined up with The Bluegrass Missourians. He was a member of that band for nearly 15 years, having the opportunity to open for great bluegrass acts such as Bill Monroe, The Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs. He also traveled with a Kansas City based male gospel quartet (“The Harvest Quartet”) for 3 years. Greg is a Kansas State Flatpicking champion and, at one point in his career, was selected Bluegrass Guitar Performer of the Year 5 years in a row by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). He was nominated for that honor a total of 9 times, as well as being nominated twice for Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. Greg now lives in Conifer, CO. It is there he founded the Colorado-based group, Mountain Holler, before joining Jeff Scroggins & Colorado in 2011.  Greg also performs with KC Groves in the duo Blake and Groves.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Greg Blake Music

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Advanced Flatpicking Guitar
with Molly Tuttle

 

In Advanced Flatpicking Guitar we'll learn solos to classic bluegrass songs and tunes, and work towards being able to confidently play and improvise leads on guitar.  Some of the topics covered will be: proper technique, scales and improvisation methods, finding melodies by ear, and ways to embellish the melody.  My goal is to give you the tools to craft a musical solo for any bluegrass song or tune, using the melody as a starting point.  We will also use pick and finger excercises to build up dexterity, speed and tone when playing.  Some time will be spent on bluegrassrhythm, focusing on accent strums, bass runs and accompanying other players and singers. Bring a capo, tuner, pick and a music stand if you have one. 

A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly Tuttle has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and, recently, graduated from the Berklee College of Music, which she attended on a Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship. Her lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive song writing make her a star on the rise. She has already received more than two million YouTube views and has recently released two EP's with The Goodbye Girls and as a duo with John Mailander. She now makes her home in Nashville and spends time touring, writing and recording. 

Molly Tuttle

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Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo
with Jason Romero
 

I'm super excited to be teaching Intermediate Bluegrass Banjo at NimbleFingers! During our week we will spend time listening to and dissecting the playing of three of the most influential early bluegrass players - Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, and Ralph Stanley - and probably a few other favourites, too.  While working on the three T's  - timing, taste and tone - we'll spend time working through pentatonic scales (and their practical applications) to connect and unlock the fingerboard.  We'll also spend a bit of time on singing with the banjo. Be ready for mostly standard tuning though we will touch on classical C tuning and playing in the key of D.   This class will emphasize learning by ear, with some tab given out.  Recording devices are welcome. 

As always, we'll talk about banjo set-up and getting the best tone from your instrument. 

 

Jason Romero is deft in banjo styles from early fingerstyle to clawhammer to bluegrass.  His singing and playing has beena fixture on the Arcata, California bluegrass and old-time scene before coming to BC, where he met and married his partner in life, music and business, Pharis.  His singing and playing has been called both seductive and badass.

Together Pharis and Jason have since released five records - three as a duo - and toured across North America and the UK. They've been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, Folk Alley, and many more, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC's The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.

A Wanderer I'll Stay is the latest release from the duo. Raising a family while developing an ever-growing demand for custom J. Romero Banjos, Pharis and Jason made time to carve out new songs - heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains - and to put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs. Called "sublime" (NPR) and "brilliant" (BBC), it won a 2016 Juno Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, and was nominated for an International Folk Music Award and four Canadian Folk Music Awards. The title track was 2015's #1 most-played song on the Folk-DJ Charts. Pharis & Jason's releases continue to attract audiences and radio play globally.

They are no strangers to Sorrento and NimbleFingers, and we're absolutely thrilled to have them both back. 

Pharis and Jason Romero

 

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Advanced Bluegrass Banjo
with Jeff Scroggins

 

Advanced arranging and improvising strategies for bluegrass banjo  – This class will focus on increasing your understanding of the fret board and then explore techniques and strategies for using that understanding to “spice up” your playing. We will look at how to make your playing more interesting through more melodic movement in both soloing and backup while emphasizing the importance of focusing on the melody. We will also discuss tips, ideas and exercises for improving both left and right hand technique. This will be a “hands on” class; written materials will be provided and the class will spend a lot of time playing through the materials together.

 

Jeff Scroggins has won numerous contests and awards in his career, including the prestigious National Bluegrass Banjo Championship, and dozens of state, regional and local banjo contests. In 1996 Jeff was inducted into the Texas Tornadoes, an elite music society whose membership includes many Texas music legends, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Winter and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top).

Jeff has performed and recorded with many of the top names in bluegrass, and his work has been featured in numerous radio and TV commercials. His recording of John Reischman’s “Birdland Breakdown” was featured in the soundtrack of the 2013 documentary “Gasland II.”

Jeff is an internationally known performer and teacher; he has taken his fiery banjo style to stages in Russia, Japan, Canada, and Malaysia. Jeff teaches at Swallow Hill in Denver, Colorado, and he regularly teaches at bluegrass music camps in the US and abroad.

Welcome back to NimbleFingers, Jeff!

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

 

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Beginning Clawhammer Banjo
with Billy Cardine

 

Beginning  Clawhammer Banjo

Billy grew up in Virginia, and though he started as a classical pianist, he soon found traditional mountain music just down the road in the Shenandoah Valley.  He’s played Banjo and Dobro at about every festival in the Appalachians, from Sundown til Sunup.  Billy loves the Clawhammer Banjo for it’s powerful sound and relative ease in getting up and running.  Of course it takes a long time to Master any instrument, but the Clawhammer Banjo has a lot to offer the beginning player, as it inherently combines melody, rhythm, and harmony all into one package.

In Beginning Clawhammer Banjo we will focus on basic technique, finesse, chord positions, tunings, and repertoire that other pickers are likely to know.  Please have a capo, tuner, and a smile!

*note* Either this or Keith Yoder's Let's Jam! class would be suitable for the strong beginner. It's really just a matter of personal preference.

 

Weaverville, North Carolina's Billy Cardine is an innovative, genre-blurring multi-instrumentalist, touring artist, and educator.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Ryman Auditorium and major festivals, such as Bonnaroo, Merlefest and Rockygrass.  He is an internationally featured artist touring in India, Japan, and Europe. Billy's dobro playing was recently featured on a Jerry Douglas production, Southern Filibuster, honoring one of the forefathers of the Dobro.  Billy's unique stylings and expertise attracted innovative analog music mogul, Moog Music.  During 2010, he helped Moog design their first electric slide guitar, which he then debuted at MoogFest the following year.  Billy’s distinct voice on all things slide has lead him to collaborations with Led Zeppelin's own John Paul Jones and world renowned Edgar Meyer in his Porous Borders of Music.  Billy's productions have won national and international awards and recognition including Indie Acoustic Music Project’s Roots Album of the Year, Chicago Tribune’s Best Bluegrass records of the year and an Apple iPod Playlist Hot Pick.  His memorable compositions and exquisite playing have been featured on The History Channel's "Our Generation", BBC World's "Destination Music", and PBS' "RoadTrip Nation".  

Billy is back for 2 weeks with us again this year…Yay!

Billy Cardine

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Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo
with Allison de Groot

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo You've got the basic techniques of clawhammer banjo down, and now it's time to dig in! We will build your repertoire, learn some cool alternate  tunings, take a look at the Round Peak banjo style, and work on chords & general music making skills. In addition to playing, we will listen to field recordings, talk about ways to practice, and point you in the direction of some great resources and recordings that will keep you inspired. Tablature will be provided at the end of each class, but we will be learning music by ear, so students are encouraged to bring a recording device. The goal of the class is to give you new material and skills to further your banjo playing, and of course- to have fun!

Allison de Groot combines love and passion for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality.  Although firmly rooted in old-time and traditional music, she has shown her ability to collaborate and create outside this genre, pushing the boundaries of the clawhammer banjo.

Allison has toured all over the world with various groups, performing at venues such as Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival and mainstage slots at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Tønder Festival in Denmark and Vancouver Folk Festival. She has performed with Oh My Darling, Bruce Molsky (with whom she's here at NimbleFingers with), The Goodbye Girls, Tony Trishka, Mandolin Orange and Molly Tuttle & John Mailander, to name a few.  Allison has made pilgrimages to the Appalachians, attending the Old Time Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia and immersing herself in old-time communities in North Carolina. Her most recent project is with Molsky's Mountian Drifters - here this week. Yeah!

 In 2012, Allison was awarded the Slaight Family Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. where she went through the American Roots Program on clawhammer banjo. She is involved in both the American and Canadian music scenes, and splits her time between Boston, MA and Winnipeg, MB.

Welcome back, Allison!

Allison De Groot

Molsky's Mountian Drifters

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Advanced Bass
with Mark Schatz

Advanced Bass - In this class we will expand the skills and range of folks who already have a good working knowledge of the bass. We will work on scales and positions in the left hand. We will learn exercises to increase dexterity, accuracy, and speed in the right hand. We will explore arco (bowing) technique for those who have interest in such. We will work on adding color, variation, and shape to bass lines, and look at how to approach soloing. We will work on slap bass, walking bass, and delve a bit into some different grooves including funk and latin. Don’t be intimidated – I will tailor the class to the skill levels of those attending! We’ll have fun – may even so some hamboning to work on our rhythm and groove skills which of course, is where it all begins!

 

Mark Schatz  is a prominent figure in the new acoustic music scene. Twice named IBMA Bass Player of the Year, and currently nominated every year since, he has worked and/or recorded with an impressive variety of artists including Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Maura O'Connell, Tony Rice, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tim & Mollie O'Brien and Nickel Creek. He also acts as Musical Director for the internationally-acclaimed Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, which showcases his other talents - clawhammer banjo and Southern Appalachian clog dancing.

He has two solo recordings, Brand New Old Tyme Way & Steppin' in the Boilerhouse, both on Rounder Records. He's also released two instructional bass videos on Homespun.

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Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle
with Ellie Hakanson

In Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle

In this class, we will focus on what makes bluegrass fiddle special! We'll learn bluegrass tunes and talk about the stylistic choices and embellishments, such as slides, double stops, and drones, that make a fiddle tune sound like bluegrass.  We will also learn how to listen for chord patterns and work on imporvisation and playing backup.  We'll learn mostly by ear, and recording devices are encouraged!

Ellie Hakanson has played bluegrass fiddle and classical violin. She grew up performing at bluegrass festivals with the Hakanson Family Band in Oregon, and her playing style is rooted in traditional bluegrass music.  She has also been teaching fiddle workshops and leading kids' jams since she was 13.  

A member of Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, she is an Oregon native a 2016 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion and the 2016 Arizona State Fiddle Champion. 

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

 

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Advanced Bluegrass Fiddle
with John Mailander

Advanced Bluegrass Fiddle In this class we will cover many of the essential techniques of playing bluegrass fiddle in a band or jam session setting. Topics will include tone, phrasing, melodic-based improvisation, double stops, accompanying singers, rhythmic techniques and more. We'll work on building confidence, adapting and taking risks, and learn a new tune or two too! We'll have a great time exploring our instruments and making music together this week.

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San Diego native John Mailander is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. As an accomplished performer, composer, teacher and recording artist, John has become known for his soulful voice on the fiddle, mandolin and various other stringed instruments.

John has shared the stage with renowned artists including the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten, Tim O'Brien and Christopher Guest. He was one of sixteen musicians selected to participate in the Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar in both 2012 and '13. John played fiddle in Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's musical, Bright Star, for it's premier run in New York

John currently maintains a busy performance schedule with artists including Molly Tuttle, Tony Trischka, Front Country, John Reischman, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger and many others. As an instructor, John has taught at events including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week, Walker Creek Music Camp and CBA Music Camp. He is a dedicated private instructor, teaching students all over the country in person and over Skype. 

So happy to have you back again, John!

John Mailander

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Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle
with Isaac Callender

 

In Intermediate Old-Time Fiddle we'll be learning a handful of tunes from the NW American Old-Time repertoire focusing on dance tunes and the different techniques associated with them.  We'll mainly be focusing on the melody and rhythm aspects of playing with an emphasis on finding that 'dance groove'.  You can expect to leave with several tunes under your belt and a whole pile of material to work on when you get home.  I teach mostly be ear but I will have printed and video references availalbe for take home, so - come on over and let's fiddle!

Sand Coulee, Montana based Isaac Callender started playing the violin when he was three. He switched to fiddling when he was seven due to sibling rivalry, and started competing throughout North America. As a teenager, Isaac branched into playing guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, dobro, and steel as well as pursuing different musical styles. He performed with the US Army 133rd Army Band, The April Verch Band, Trace County, Blue Pass, The Callenders,, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado touring around the world playing bluegrass, folk, country, rock, and old-time music.

Isaac is a popular workshop instructor and this will be his third time back to NimbleFingers!

Isaac Callender

 

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Advanced Old-Time Fiddle
with Bruce Molsky

 

In Advanced Old Time Fiddle class we'll do some deep guided listening to classic old fiddle recordings. The goal is to discover what makes the performances so powerful, and to learn and play those tunes together. With fiddles in hand we'll identify and develop the things that make old-time music strong and unique: ornamentation, intonation, pulse, and just its wonderful language. If enough folks are interested, we can also include a session on harmonizing and accompanying songs with the fiddle.”

Bruce Molsky's "is one of America's premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and a twice-Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song. He has dug into the deepest reaches of mountain music, while growing his own unique voice. Bruce holds a stage as few other musicians can.  His skill at performing a deep and varied repertoire and a reverence for the past, combined with a relaxed, conversational wit, draws listeners in as if they were sitting on the front porch of Carnegie Hall.

The result has landed him in collaborations with some of the most highly respected players in the world, from roots to rock. Molsky is a guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker, playing banjo, fiddle and guitar. His collaboration with Anonymous 4,1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. Molsky frequently joins genre-busting supergroups, like Andy Irvi’sMozaik, with Celtic giant Donal Lunny, and he has been featured on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas.

Molsky was recently named by Berklee College of Music as its Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Music Program. Through his work there, he is a mentor, friend, and inspiration for the next generation of roots musicians.

Back again this year,  Bruce is bring his newest outfit - Molsky's Mountain Drifters -a trio with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch. 

Um. What can we say...BRUCE MOLSKY is coming to NimbleFingers...again!!

Bruce Molsky
Molsky's Mountian Drifters

 

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Intermediate Mandolin with
Tristan Scroggins

In Intermediate Mandolin we'll look at ways to take our playing from beginner to advanced by laying a solid technical foundation.  With exercises that will help give us greater understanding of music making on the mandolin, we will work towards first and foremost understanding how to navigate the mandolin cleanly, efficiently and independently so we can begin to make music on our own or in jams.  This intermediate level class will mostly be technically focused rather than learning multiple songs, we'll gain the tools to play along with and figure out songs on our own. 

Tristan Scroggins is an Award winning mandolinist and composer from Denver Colorado, and has toured extensively in the US, Canada and Ireland for the last six years with the critically acclaimed bluegrass band Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. At 22 he already has a decade of professional experience as a stage performer, instructor and recording artist. In 2016, Tristan was nominated for the Instrumental Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association and in 2017 was accepted into the Acoustic Music Seminar run by Mike Marshall as part of the Savannah Music Festival. Son of two time national banjo champion, Jeff Scroggins, Tristan originally gained notoriety as a young phenom winning multiple state championships before the age of 16. Around then Jeff and Tristan got together with five time Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Guitar Player of the Year, Greg Blake, to form Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. While working with Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Tristan has been a featured artist at the International Bluegrass Music Association's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, The European World of Bluegrass Festival, Merlefest, Rockygrass, the Father's Day Festival in Grass Valley, RTE Ireland's National Radio, and the Station Inn in Nashville. In addition to performing Tristan has taught mandolin at several workshops and camps including NimbleFingers , Northern Lights in Saskatchewan, NCBMS Camp in Alberta, and Wintergrass in Washington. Tristan has one studio recording of all original tunes, one of which was a finalist for the International Acoustic Music Awards Instrumental Song of the Year. He has also had the privilege of working with and being featured on recordings with Grammy winning producer Bil Vorndick, Sally Van Meter, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Mark Schatz, K.C. Groves, Andy Leftwich, Don Rigsby, David Peterson, and Jono Manson.

Tristan Scroggins
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

 

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Advanced Mandolin
with John Reischman

In Advanced Mandolin; tunes and songs, variations and improvisation  we will learn some instrumentals, and solos to standard bluegrass and old time songs. We will also look at melodic variations on this material and approaches to improvising while still retaining the integrity of the melody. Double stops, slides, hammer-ons, tremolo will all be explored. In addition to the standard material we will look to some of my original material.

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As one of the acoustic worldʼs top-ranked mandolin players and composers, Vancouver based veteran artist John Reischman is renowned for his exquisite taste, tone and impeccable musicianship. His mastery of the instrument is showcased today in the powerful bluegrass band John Reischman and the Jaybirds, and his melodic Latin/jazz instrumental duo with highly regarded acoustic guitar stylist John Miller.

A familiar figure at bluegrass, folk and jazz festivals, John is also a highly-regarded workshop leader and participates in music camps (including NimbleFingers!) and workshops throughout North America and England. We're always happy to see our friend John!

John Reischman
John Reischman and The Jaybirds

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Lead & Harmony Singing
with Pharis Romero

Lead and Harmony Singing The beautiful joy of bluegrass, old time, and early country singing.  First off, let's take time every day to build up your singing skills in tone, breathing, projection and range.  These skills will help you find new freedom and confidence to explore and develop your own voice while we build up a solid repertoire of songs from the old recordings and songbooks.  We'll delve into harmony singing early on, learning the practical and the intuitive sides of the art.  This is a class for all levels of singers, from the novice to the more advanced. We'll find plenty to excite and challenge you at all levels. 

Pharis Romero has been called a "historical treasure by the BC Folklore Society, and rightly so.

On stage from a very young age with her family's country band, classically trained and country schooled, she was a co-founder of the award-winning and innovative roots-folk band Outlaw Social, releasing two celbrated albums from 2005 to 2009 before venturing out musically with her husband and musical partner Jason Romero. 

They've since released five records - three as a duo - and toured across North America and the UK. They've been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, Folk Alley, and many more, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC's The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.

A Wanderer I'll Stay is the latest release from the duo. Raising a family while developing an ever-growing demand for custom J. Romero Banjos, Pharis and Jason made time to carve out new songs - heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains - and to put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs. Called "sublime" (NPR) and "brilliant" (BBC), it won a 2016 Juno Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, and was nominated for an International Folk Music Award and four Canadian Folk Music Awards. The title track was 2015's #1 most-played song on the Folk-DJ Charts. Pharis & Jason's releases continue to attract audiences and radio play globally.

They are no strangers to Sorrento and NimbleFingers, and we're absolutely thrilled to have them back. 

Pharis and Jason Romero

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Songwriting
with Chris Coole

In this Songwriting class, we'll explore how to write songs that will draw the listener into a place, time, and story - and what it takes to keep them there.  As well as working within our own personal styles, we'll look at traditional music and see what there is to learn from the songs, melodies and stories that have stood the test of time.   We'll examine the power of a good chord progression and melody, and look at some basic theory and methodologies for creating them.  We'll talk about stylistic and aesthetic choices we have that might make our songs fit into specific "folk" genres such as bluegrass, old-time, or country.  Most importantly, we'll share our experiences as songwriters and hopefully inspire each other. 

Chris Coole is a Toronto based musician who specializes in bluegrass and old-time music. He has recorded ten critically acclaimed cd’s with Arnie Naiman, Erynn Marhsall, The Banjo Special,The Foggy Hogtown Boys and Ivan Rosenberg. Over the years, Chris has performed at festivals and led workshops across North America, Europe and Israel.

His first solo album “Old Dog” was released in 2010 to warm reviews and drew attention to his intimate songwriting style. In 2016 he released “The Tumbling River”, a follow-up of highly narrative story songs featuring seven more originals, firmly establishing his reputation as a unique, and grounded songwriter. This is evidenced by the fact that his songs have been recorded by artists such as The Sweet Lowdown, Megan Lynch, Bill Evans, Jenny Whiteley, and Riley Baugus. 

Coole is a sought-after teacher of both banjo and guitar at workshops and festivals across Canada and the U.S.  His teaching approach is featured in the instructional DVD “The Elements of Clawhammer Banjo” (Woodhall Music).

Apart from his own albums, Chris can be heard as a sideman and/or producer on over 150 recordings by artists such as Sylvia Tyson, Jim Cuddy, Natalie MacMaster, Cara Luft, John Reishman, April Verch, Justin Rutledge, The Slocan Ramblers, and David Francey. 

Chris is a well loved NimbleFingers Instructor. Welcome back, Chris!


Chris Coole
Video - I Know Your Wandering Heart

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Adventures in Band Lab with
Anne Louise Genest

This comprehensive Adventures in Band Lab workshop for intermediate players will focus on repertoire and skill development for solo and ensemble playing. Working with material from both bluegrass and oldtime traditions, we’ll take songs and tunes and workshop them from A to Z. How do we choose repertoire? What makes a song resonate with us? How do we interpret it and make it our own? How do we develop it for performance, whether it’s for the stage or for the living room? What are the roles of different instruments in the context of ensemble playing? How do we communicate with each other and work effectively in a band context? How does a solo player deliver “the goods”? What to do when there are three guitars and no mandolin? These are some examples of the ideas we’ll focus on as we play together. We’ll form bands within the class and focus on particular songs, working them up from start to finish and sharing with each other in a safe and supportive “band lab” context. The week will also include a series of mini-workshops to give you tools to develop your skills as a solo and ensemble player, such as lead and vocal harmony, solo and backup playing on different instruments, stagecraft, working the mic, and more! 

If you’re ready to try something a little different at NimbleFingers, and want to apply and develop your musical skills in a broader context than single instrument study this workshop is for you.

Vancouver Island based Anne Louise Genest, who performs under the stage name Annie Lou, has been touring major festivals and stages nationally and internationally for several years. Drawn to the haunting flavours of old time mountain, bluegrass, and traditional country music, her original songs are steeped in these influences and chronicle the hard-hit, hard-won victories of everymen and women. Her latest recording, Tried and True, includes collaborations with some of the best of Canadian acoustic musicians and showcases her ongoing evolution as an artist, with deep nods to the older music and a modern feel that connects the past to the present.

A Juno and multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Anne Louise is becoming a familiar face at many music workshops across the country, where she has taught vocals, guitar, songwriting, and clawhammer banjo. She loves to teach, and to learn, and shares that joy with her students in an accessible and supportive environment. 

This will be Anne Louise’s seventh year as a workshop leader in Sorrento. She loves to teach, and to learn, and shares that joy with her students in an accessible and supportive environment. We love having you too, Anne Louise!

Annie Lou
Video - Tried and True

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